Carschooling Geography: Road Navigators

Turn off the GPS and let your carschoolers take turns being the family navigator or map reader. As one carschooling mom said, “Even our 7-year-old has learned to keep track of where we are by reading the exit numbers on the freeways and finding how far across the state we traveled. All of my kids are excellent map readers, not a small thing since I know many adults who still can’t tell the difference between a black line (highway) and a blue line (river).”

Maps usually have a key that shows what different symbols on the map represent. For example, a square with a flag on top is symbolic of a school, and a square with a cross on top is a church. Lines of different widths represent certain types of roads and highways. Color has meaning on topographic or road maps, too:

Blue indicates water (rivers, lakes, oceans, and so forth)

Brown indicates elevation above sea level

Green indicates vegetation (trees, forests, and so forth)

Black indicates human-made structures (roads, boundaries, buildings, railroads, and so forth)

Red indicates major roads and survey lines

These symbols are standard on United States maps, but they can differ in other countries. While your road navigators are keeping you on track, see if they can tell you what other features shown on the map are near your present position.

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